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    Why living in a small town does not necessarily mean living with limited public services

Why living in a small town does not necessarily mean living with limited public services

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Those who live in cities typically enjoy a greater diversity of public services compared to those living in small towns and rural communities. But, in recent years some cities have reduced the services they provide while other, smaller communities have been able to dedicate significant public resources towards a greater variety of public goods. In new research using data […]

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    In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

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The vast majority of Americans who commute to work do so by car, and many policymakers in America’s towns and cities are trying to change this by encouraging more healthy alternatives such as cycling. To look at how this might be achieved, Robert Boyer examined cycling habits in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He finds that riding a bike for recreation […]

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    A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

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Methamphetamine (or meth) is widely associated with negative outcomes for those that use it, but there can also be costs to those who live close to where it’s produced. In new research, Bern Dealy, Brady P. Horn and Robert P. Berrens examine the effects of discovering that a meth lab is located nearby on house prices. They find that […]

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    Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

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The online mega-retailer, Amazon.com, has recently been shopping around to find a suitable host for its second headquarters. In response, city and local governments across the US have been falling over themselves to offer economic inducements for the company to choose them. But what determines which governments try to attract firms in this way? In new research Eric Stokan […]

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    Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

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Facing increasing population pressures, many US urban centers are turning to novel methods, such as adaptive re-use, in order to encourage more intense land use. Sébastien Darchen writes that while adaptive re-use is often employed as a regeneration tactic by developers, it can also be a way in which local entrepreneurs can engage in non-traditional place-making. 

As pressure increases for residential […]

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    Reflecting on Michael McQuarrie’s ‘Revolt of the Rust belt’

Reflecting on Michael McQuarrie’s ‘Revolt of the Rust belt’

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Following Donald Trump’s surprise election win in November 2016, Michael McQuarrie of LSE Sociology wrote on the regional nature of Trump’s win. His blog article, “Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt”, has now formed the basis of a new article in the British Journal of Sociology.  We asked a several academic experts for their reactions to McQuarrie’s new article. 

McQuarrie […]

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    Michael McQuarrie on writing for blogs: “The most utility comes from allowing me to think through a problem that is bugging me and then publish something about the result”

Michael McQuarrie on writing for blogs: “The most utility comes from allowing me to think through a problem that is bugging me and then publish something about the result”

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory one year ago, LSE Sociology Associate Professor, Michael McQuarrie wrote on the regional nature of Trump’s win. His blog article, “Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt”, which has been viewed over 35,000 times has now formed the basis of a new article in the British Journal of Sociology. […]

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    How reimagining public housing with greater development can benefit low income residents.

How reimagining public housing with greater development can benefit low income residents.

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In 2013, the New York City Housing Authority shelved its proposal to fund improvements to its housing stock by leasing undeveloped land. Shomon Shamsuddin writes that despite opposition from residents, such plans can be of great benefit to those living in public housing if they preserve existing homes, increase density and add affordable housing units.

Housing is increasingly expensive in […]

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    Book Review: Urban Re-Industrialization edited by Krzysztof Nawratek

Book Review: Urban Re-Industrialization edited by Krzysztof Nawratek

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In Urban Re-Industrialization, editor Krzysztof Nawratek brings together scholars to discuss the constitutive elements of the image of the creative city and explore ways of moving beyond it towards what Nawratek calls the ‘Industrial City 2.0’. While the nature and contribution of the individual essays are at times uneven, this is a kaleidoscopic work which weaves together diverse and intriguing lines […]

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